(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center calls on the Senate Appropriations Committee to change its approach to funding for, and consideration of, the Labor–Health and Human Services-Education appropriations bill. The Committee can restore the integrity of the critical life-saving Title X program while also including significant investments in expanding access to high-quality, affordable child care.
These two programs are critical to the economic security for low-income families.
The following is a statement by Fatima Goss Graves, President and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC):
“The Senate Appropriations Committee has the opportunity to pass an appropriations bill that better supports the health care, child care, and education programs that low-income families need. We call on the Committee to allow a vote on Senator Murray’s amendment that would address the public health crisis that the Trump-Pence Administration’s ideological Title X gag rule has created. The gag rule is forcing clinics to close and threatening health care for millions across the country. We also call on the Committee to provide the funding necessary to proactively expand supports for low-income families, including increases for child care assistance through CCDBG and Head Start that meet or exceed the House level, and applaud Senate Democrats’ efforts to increase funding for the Labor H bill to make this a reality. The Labor H appropriations bills can and should be a place to address economic injustice in our country, such as comprehensively addressing the child care and family planning needs of low-income families. Similarly, the Labor H bill should not be a place to further an anti-immigration agenda and racist border wall. We call on the Committee to abandon its effort to divert Labor H funds and instead direct those funds on what low-income families really need.”
For immediate release: September 13, 2019
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